Finally, a Beverage that Tastes Good and is Good for You
I have been a tea drinker for many years, although it was mostly black teas and the occasional herbal tea. Having experimented with a few different types of herbs I was able to calm some of my allergy symptoms and help my asthma. Please note that it is always best to consult your doctor before starting any tea regiment, as there can be side effects when combined with certain medications. There is much information on the Internet and in books about the positive effects of tea, it is worth investigating.
Although many herbal teas can have positive effects on your health, this list is mostly about taste. Imagine a cold, wintery day and a hot mug of tea and perhaps a piece of buttered toast. That, to me, is comforting whether I am sick or not, I feel better just drinking it.
Celestial Seasonings has always been my preferred brand of herbal teas.
Their Sleepytime Tea has long been a favorite of mine. Now they have a line of green teas which include authentic green tea, green teas with fruit, antioxidant green teas, decaf green teas, and many more. One of the best things about Celestial Seasonings is they, many times, offer a sample pack of their teas so you can try a few different kinds before committing to an entire box of one kind. Plus the boxes are fun to read. Check them out on the web here.
Here is where I admit to one of my major shortcomings…I am an iced tea snob. I only drink fresh brewed, unsweetened iced tea with extra ice and no lemon. There are actually certain restaurants I will not go to because I do like their tea or they do not have fresh brewed tea. My iced tea needs to be crisp and clear with no bitter aftertaste. Salada green tea actually fits the bill. So you get a cool refreshing glass of iced tea with all the benefits of green tea and, if made without sugar, has 0 calories.
Another tea company that I really like is the Bigelow Tea Company.
They have an oolong tea that I could just drink constantly. It is that good. They now also have green tea options. I remember growing up and watching my Mom make her cup of Constant Comment tea every single morning, no matter the season. Bigelow knows tea and their website is full of useful brewing information. They can be found at https://www.bigelowtea.com/.
Again, my tastes run the opposite of the exotic side, so I enjoy simple, smooth teas. There are plenty out there with wild and innovative flavors added. Feel free to try them if that is what you like. Lipton Tea also makes a nice, simple green tea. You can also get their green teas with other flavorings added. http://www.liptont.com/ is their website. You will find a lot of useful information there along with recipes and other great things.
My other favorite tea company is the Republic of Tea.
They are a little more expensive than some of the teas I mentioned above but well worth it for special occasions or just when you have earned a good cup of tea. Like the other companies, the Republic of Tea knows their tea and has so many varieties to choose from. Look for them at http://www.republicoftea.com/.
The best way to brew tea is to start with fresh, filtered water. Water can make all the difference in the world. Do not boil your tea water, bring it just about to a boil then add your teabag. Over brewing, green tea can make it seem like you are drinking a product made of grass. Experiment with a few different brewing times until you find the one that is just right for you.